Mark Lawrenson makes a somewhat surprising prediction for Liverpool v Spurs

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BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to league leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

Somewhat surprisingly, Lawrenson has backed his former side to only manage to draw the match against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

After a difficult start to the season, Tottenham showed a glimpse of their old selves with a comfortable 5-0 win against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Liverpool are already thirteen points ahead of Tottenham in the Premier League table and the Reds are on course to draw their second game in a row, after being held at Manchester United last weekend if Lawrenson is correct.

It will be the first time the two teams have met since the disappointing Champions League final in Madrid when Liverpool came out on top with a 2-0 win.

Spurs are still seeking their first away win in a competitive fixture since January.

He told BBC Sport: “I am at Anfield for this game and think it is a tricky fixture for Liverpool to negotiate.

“In the past few seasons, while Mauricio Pochettino has been in charge of Tottenham, the Reds always know they are going to get a game against Spurs.

“Their last visit here, when Tottenham only lost to a late Toby Alderweireld own-goal, was an example of that. Spurs had been the better team in the second half.

“Nobody is expecting that to be the case this time, after the way Tottenham have played in the past few weeks, but I still think they have got it in them to spring a shock.

“They have got some really potent attacking players and it would not surprise me if they are close to their best again in this game after a series of disappointing results.

“At the same time, I am a little bit worried that if Liverpool are below their best again, like they were against Manchester United when they did not quite get the different areas of their team right, then they might slip up.

“Lawro’s prediction: 1-1.”

Opinion

Lawrenson’s prediction is somewhat surprising given his historic bias towards his former side and has not predicted a Liverpool defeat in over three seasons (Give Me Sport).

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